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The compositions of Claude Debussy are known for their orchestrational subtlety and brilliance, a use of scales considered exotic in Western music at the time, and delicate but dramatic lyricism.

A.their orchestrational subtlety and brilliance, a use of scales considered exotic in Western music at the time, and

B.their orchestrational subtlety and brilliance, use of scales considered exotic in Western music at the time, and

C.their orchestrational subtlety and brilliance, use of scales considered exotic in Western music at the time, and their

D.orchestrational subtlety and brilliance, use of scales considered exotic in Western music at the time, and

E.their orchestrational subtlety and brilliance, use of scales considered exotic in Western music at the time, and a

[Reveal] Spoiler: OE
Correct Answer: B

This sentence features a list of Equivalent Elements that must be in parallel form. The list of characteristics for which Debussy's compositions are known includes their orchestrational subtlety and brilliance, use of scales considered exotic in Western music at the time, and delicate but dramatic lyricism. Only choice B lists these characteristics correctly. Choice A says that the compositions are known for their "a use of scales', which is awkward ' one does not need the article 'a' to precede 'use.' Choice C lacks the possessive pronoun 'their' in front of 'use', making it not parallel. Choice D is missing the introductory possessive pronoun 'their.' Choice E, like A, has the unnecessary article 'a' preceding 'delicate'.
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Re: The compositions of Claude Debussy are known for their or [#permalink] New post 24 Jan 2013, 00:04
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The compositions of Claude Debussy are known for their orchestrational subtlety and brilliance, a use of scales considered exotic in Western music at the time, and delicate but dramatic lyricism.

A.their orchestrational subtlety and brilliance, a use of scales considered exotic in Western music at the time, and

B.their orchestrational subtlety and brilliance, use of scales considered exotic in Western music at the time, and

C.their orchestrational subtlety and brilliance, use of scales considered exotic in Western music at the time, and their

D.orchestrational subtlety and brilliance, use of scales considered exotic in Western music at the time, and

E.their orchestrational subtlety and brilliance, use of scales considered exotic in Western music at the time, and a

[Reveal] Spoiler: OE
Correct Answer: B

This sentence features a list of Equivalent Elements that must be in parallel form. The list of characteristics for which Debussy's compositions are known includes their orchestrational subtlety and brilliance, use of scales considered exotic in Western music at the time, and delicate but dramatic lyricism. Only choice B lists these characteristics correctly. Choice A says that the compositions are known for their "a use of scales', which is awkward ' one does not need the article 'a' to precede 'use.' Choice C lacks the possessive pronoun 'their' in front of 'use', making it not parallel. Choice D is missing the introductory possessive pronoun 'their.' Choice E, like A, has the unnecessary article 'a' preceding 'delicate'.


can anyone please tell me why a introductory pronoun is required here?
Without the pronoun option D lokks OK to me.
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The compositions of Claude Debussy are known for their orchestrational subtlety and brilliance, a use of scales considered exotic in Western music at the time, and delicate but dramatic lyricism.

A.their orchestrational subtlety and brilliance, a use of scales considered exotic in Western music at the time, and

B.their orchestrational subtlety and brilliance, use of scales considered exotic in Western music at the time, and

C.their orchestrational subtlety and brilliance, use of scales considered exotic in Western music at the time, and their

D.orchestrational subtlety and brilliance, use of scales considered exotic in Western music at the time, and

E.their orchestrational subtlety and brilliance, use of scales considered exotic in Western music at the time, and a

[Reveal] Spoiler: OE
Correct Answer: B

This sentence features a list of Equivalent Elements that must be in parallel form. The list of characteristics for which Debussy's compositions are known includes their orchestrational subtlety and brilliance, use of scales considered exotic in Western music at the time, and delicate but dramatic lyricism. Only choice B lists these characteristics correctly. Choice A says that the compositions are known for their "a use of scales', which is awkward ' one does not need the article 'a' to precede 'use.' Choice C lacks the possessive pronoun 'their' in front of 'use', making it not parallel. Choice D is missing the introductory possessive pronoun 'their.' Choice E, like A, has the unnecessary article 'a' preceding 'delicate'.


can anyone please tell me why a introductory pronoun is required here?
Without the pronoun option D lokks OK to me.



I am known for using cliches.
I am known for use of cliches.
I am know for my use of cliches.

Which one is wrong ?
The 2nd One.

In 1st one, "using" takes the subject I.
In case of 2nd: the subject is missing, as I doesn't fit - whose use of cliches ? The subject is ambiguous. So we must include "my/his/her or any possessive" in this case. That's why "my" is included in 3rd sentence(correct form of sentence 1)

So since in D, Use is used as verb so we must have a subject "their". Had it been "using" the gerund form then D could have been right as well.
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Re: The compositions of Claude Debussy are known for their [#permalink] New post 26 Nov 2013, 12:09
Hi, can the experts here please run across options A and E too? I am not too sure about whats wrong here. Thanks.
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Re: The compositions of Claude Debussy are known for their [#permalink] New post 26 Nov 2014, 03:54
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daviesj wrote:
The compositions of Claude Debussy are known for their orchestrational subtlety and brilliance, a use of scales considered exotic in Western music at the time, and delicate but dramatic lyricism.

A.their orchestrational subtlety and brilliance, a use of scales considered exotic in Western music at the time, and

B.their orchestrational subtlety and brilliance, use of scales considered exotic in Western music at the time, and

C.their orchestrational subtlety and brilliance, use of scales considered exotic in Western music at the time, and their

D.orchestrational subtlety and brilliance, use of scales considered exotic in Western music at the time, and

E.their orchestrational subtlety and brilliance, use of scales considered exotic in Western music at the time, and a

[Reveal] Spoiler: OE
Correct Answer: B

This sentence features a list of Equivalent Elements that must be in parallel form. The list of characteristics for which Debussy's compositions are known includes their orchestrational subtlety and brilliance, use of scales considered exotic in Western music at the time, and delicate but dramatic lyricism. Only choice B lists these characteristics correctly. Choice A says that the compositions are known for their "a use of scales', which is awkward ' one does not need the article 'a' to precede 'use.' Choice C lacks the possessive pronoun 'their' in front of 'use', making it not parallel. Choice D is missing the introductory possessive pronoun 'their.' Choice E, like A, has the unnecessary article 'a' preceding 'delicate'.


can anyone please tell me why a introductory pronoun is required here?
Without the pronoun option D lokks OK to me.



I am known for using cliches.
I am known for use of cliches.
I am know for my use of cliches.

Which one is wrong ?
The 2nd One.

In 1st one, "using" takes the subject I.
In case of 2nd: the subject is missing, as I doesn't fit - whose use of cliches ? The subject is ambiguous. So we must include "my/his/her or any possessive" in this case. That's why "my" is included in 3rd sentence(correct form of sentence 1)

So since in D, Use is used as verb so we must have a subject "their". Had it been "using" the gerund form then D could have been right as well.


Should it not also be followed at the end by ' and thier' ..why is it only 'and' at the end ..can you please illustrate?
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Re: The compositions of Claude Debussy are known for their [#permalink] New post 26 Nov 2014, 06:00
i thought it was E

Oa B and E are very similar except for using an additional "a" in the end which i thought was necessary.....pls rectify this ppl :)
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Re: The compositions of Claude Debussy are known for their [#permalink] New post 27 Nov 2014, 01:48
A, C, and E are straightaway out....

Confused between B and D.....

Is 'Their' required.....??
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The compositions of Claude Debussy are known for their [#permalink] New post 27 Nov 2014, 02:40
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Basically the structure of the sentence, at its core, is this: you must use their or a one time and not a mix of two pronouns (their) or articles (a) alternatively.

Only B has the right structure.

D is the first one goes suddenly out because after FOR you need the possessive pronoun NOT orchestrational........

Hope is clear. Indeed a tricky one
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